ODU's PATRIOTS Program Launches Blog for Military Personnel and Veterans

Dennis Laich

2010-05-19

The Ohio Dominican PATRIOTS program, an educational program designed to meet the needs of Post-9/11 veterans, launches a blog by retired Major General Dennis Laich, AUS.

Columbus, Ohio – The PATRIOTS Program at Ohio Dominican University is launching a new veterans blog, “Generally Speaking,” authored by Major General Dennis Laich, AUS, director of the PATRIOTS Program and a compelling and passionate speaker and Army veteran who now resides in Columbus, Ohio.

“The PATRIOTS blog is an excellent way to encourage conversation between veterans, soldiers and also civilians about current events, military-related news and veteran affairs,” Laich said. “It’s important for us to remember that diversity is best supported by the courageous expression of truth.”

The PATRIOTS Program is designed for veterans to have access to an affordable education. The Program’s ambitious advocacy for the education goals of military veterans makes it unique among institutions of higher education. In the same regard, the “Generally Speaking” veterans blog will be a tool to encourage education and opinion. So far, the blog includes posts regarding President Obama’s "Way Forward in Afghanistan" speech from December 1, 2009, as well as posts addressing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for military personnel. Readers can expect Laich to post about relevant topics affecting veterans and patriots, while displaying a developed, passionate opinion within his posts.

“Ohio Dominican’s PATRIOTS Program helps veterans who have served our country start the next chapter of their lives, which often begins with the pursuit of an educational degree,” said Laich. “The ‘Generally Speaking’ veterans blog will serve as another resource for them to gather information and voice their own opinions about issues affecting our patriots today.”

For more information about the PATRIOTS Program or the blog, contact Major General (Ret.) AUS Dennis Laich at 614-251-4705, laichd@ohiodominican.edu, or visit www.odupatriots.com.

About General Dennis Laich
Laich had a distinguished 35-year career in the Army Reserve. The last 14 of those years were spent in various command positions; most recently as commander of the 94th Regional Readiness Command in Ft. Devens, MA. His business career began in 1972, with Corning Glass Works and included positions with LTV Steel and Navistar International. Laich holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lafayette College, and Master’s degrees from West Virginia University and St. Francis College in business administration and labor relations.

He completed post-graduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Army War College. Laich is currently serving as Ohio Dominican University’s PATRIOTS Program director. Laich is the University’s support liaison for veterans applying for the PATRIOTS Program, providing one-on-one assistance and linking them with resources they need to meet their educational goals.

About the PATRIOTS Program
The Ohio Dominican PATRIOTS Program makes the transition back to school easier for veterans. We will guide you through the paperwork, help you transfer any previous college credits and provide the support you’re looking for as you apply the discipline and practical experience you received in the military to student life.

With more than 50 degree programs, we offer an exceptional education experience. The financial assistance available to qualified veterans through the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 makes obtaining a degree a very affordable possibility. By answering just two brief questions, you can quickly learn if you pre-qualify for the funds available to pay tuition and other related university fees. For more information, visit www.odupatriots.com.